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Virgin Airlines In-Flight Tech Lets You Flirt With Fellow Passengers

by Fox Van Allen on April 26, 2013

Virgin AtlanticHave you ever looked for love at 35,000 feet? Virgin America’s eccentric CEO Richard Branson wants you to give it a shot using its in-flight technology that allows you send gifts and flirt with your fellow passengers.

Virgin America planes already come equipped with in-seat entertainment systems that allow flyers to order beverages and snacks. Now, you can use that same touchscreen to order a $14 sandwich or $18 cheese and cracker plate to break the ice with a stranger. The stuff may not taste great, but given that Virgin doesn’t offer free snack service, an overpriced morsel might make you a hero.

Once you’ve made that connection with that lovely stranger in 12B, Virgin invites you to use its in-flight chat service to start up a conversation. If that person is interested, you may have just found the love of your life. If not, well, congratulations, you just made someone really uncomfortable for the next several hours. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

Though Virgin’s video is clearly meant to be a tongue-in-cheek way of promoting their in-flight offerings, the company’s encouragement of flirting on airplanes is attracting a lot of criticism. It’s one thing to be bought drinks in a bar; it’s another to be bought drinks in a tiny confined space. Can’t people simply get from point A to point B without having to endure advances from a stranger?

Check out Sir Richard's pitch and let us know if you would partake in this mile-high offering.


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